When you come to Komodo National Park, Flores, you’ll either yearning to see the prehistoric Komodo Dragons and it’s Jurassic looking islands, or dive the remote water to see one of the best aquatic ecosystem in the world. For this reason, Komodo diving liveaboard trip become enormously popular among divers and travelers alike. It’s a chance to explore the stunning area and discover breathtaking beauties without the necessity of going back to the mainland. Diving liveaboard is savvy divers’ favourite when it comes to maximising their water expedition. And here’s our best tips to maximise your dive travel in Komodo diving liveaboard at Flores, Indonesia.
Choose the Right Komodo Diving Liveaboard for You
You probably think that all Komodo diving liveaboard boats are essentially the same, when they’re actually not. In Flores’ port town, the Labuan Bajo, you will find four kind of diving liveaboard. The backpackers, budget liveaboard, standard liveaboard, and the luxury yachts. The backpackers usually has no cabins and sleeping quarters are arranged in the top decks with aligned mattresses. Budget liveaboard gives you dorm-style cabins with bunkbeds and shared bathrooms. Standard mid-range liveaboard has 2-4 cabins with double beds and, sometimes, an additional single bed. We personally think that this is the best for an extended Komodo dive trip, as you’ll need plenty of quality rest. But if you think that you can’t find joy in a dive trip without having a private cabin with ensuite bathroom, then look for luxury dive yachts.
Liveaboard dive trip shouldn’t be excruciating. If you are not comfortable sleeping in mattresses with dozen other divers, save up for better liveaboard. Your overall dive experience won’t be that memorable if you feel uncomfortable. No matter how many white-tip sharks you see.
Wake Up Right After the Sunrise
One of the best dive in Komodo happens early in the morning. This is the advantage of Komodo diving liveaboard; getting in the prime locations in prime time. So get up early and be there right when the reefs start coming to life. It’s the time when schools of fishes get out from their sleeping holes and begin their day.
You Have Plenty of Time, Take It on Your Pace
Here’s the thing why divers love Komodo diving liveaboard; no pressure to come back to land on schedule. All dives are conducted from the liveaboard. You have the whole day to dive—except at times you are busy exploring Padar, Komodo, and the neighbouring islands. Use time when the boat is sailing to the next prime destination as time for relax and rest.
Bring On Backup for Every Essential Items
Oh, the joy of sailing to the frontier and dive in undisturbed places where only few has been there. Being isolated in gorgeous destination is definitely a dream holiday that can quickly turn into a disaster. Especially when you come underprepared. Always bring extras of your special equipments and household items. Bring at least three swimwear so you always have a dry one ready. Pack extra batteries for your flashlights. Have extra charger in case yours get broken during the trip. Always check malfunctions on each of your dive equipments before sailing, even when you just have it serviced. They don’t have dive shops within the national park that you can turn for a quick key parts shopping.